Posted: 11:08 pm Monday, March 10th, 2014
By Matt Porter
Five years into its marriage with Sun Life Stadium, the University of Miami could see its football home get a facelift.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has pledged up to $400 million for renovations to the 26-year-old stadium, reports said Monday. The Hurricanes have played their home games there since 2008.
Ross, whose continued efforts to score public money fizzled, has designs on hosting a Super Bowl in the coming years. Applications to host the game are due in August, and a canopy to cover exposed seats are on the list of necessary renovations the Dolphins believe will help them win a bid.
Other upgrades which could be planned, according to the Post’s report, are seats closer to the field and better video boards.
It is not known how quickly the work would begin or be completed.
A message to UM Athletic Director Blake James was not immediately returned.
UM, which signed a 25-year lease with Sun Life in 2008, has not drawn spectacularly well there. However, its average home attendance last year was 53,785, its highest average since its move. Sun Life’s capacity for UM games is 75,542.
James has told the Post in recent months UM plans to be at Sun Life, but is keeping an eye on soccer star David Beckham‘s group, which plans to build a soccer-first stadium in Miami for his fledgling Major League Soccer franchise.